Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Dance of the Chromosomes

The lab of Whitehead Institute Member David Page investigates how specialized cells in the ovaries or testes start a remarkable type of cell division called meiosis in order to form egg or sperm cells. In this image, the cells outlined in red in this mouse testis are organizing and dividing their strand-like chromosomes (green) during meiosis. 

Image by Mina Kojima/Whitehead Institute

COVID-19 Information

August 17, 2020

Click here to read Whitehead Institute's communications and resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak


FEATURED

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Music at Whitehead concerts carry on virtually

After a brief hiatus, concerts are back and available to a larger audience than ever as livestreamed events online. Learn how to access the last two concerts and sign up for updates.


APRIL 1, 2020

INTRODUCING BIONOOK

Whitehead Institute's new resource for students, parents, and teachers.


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Video: Fall 2020 Research Highlights from Whitehead Institute

In this video, learn about new findings from Whitehead Institute researchers including a potential way to make cancer drugs more effective, how malaria-causing parasites could become less susceptible to an essential drug, and how regenerating flatworms rewire their eyes to their brains.


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February 26, 2020

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE: UNUSUAL LABMATES: Biology All-STARS

Discover how graduate student Zak Swartz in Whitehead Institute Member Iain Cheeseman's lab uses colorful bat stars to study how cells divide.


PODCAST

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AudioHelicase Podcast: Silvi Rouskin on solving the structure of the coronavirus genome

In this episode of AudioHelicase Podcast, Whitehead Fellow Silvi Rouskin discusses her research on solving the structure of the novel coronavirus's RNA genome, with the goal of revealing weak points in the virus’s gene regulation that new drugs could potentially target.


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Biogenesis Podcast: José Orozco of the Sabatini lab on finding his own way to help patients

Hear how José Orozco, an MD-PhD student in the Sabatini lab, seeks to make a difference in patients' lives by tackling big mysteries about how our cells work, and how their dysfunction leads to disease. 

In the News

December 2, 2020

A good environment for sustainability research: Whitehead Institute scientists work to combat climate change

Whitehead Institute primarily focuses on biomedical research, and yet in recent years researchers in several labs here have discovered ways in which their work might contribute to climate resilience and sustainability. Scientists here are applying their skills to problems of climate change and sustainability in medicine, agriculture, and beyond.

November 18, 2020

The bull Y chromosome has evolved to bully its way into gametes

Whitehead Institute researchers have sequenced the male-determining chromosome of cattle -- and found evidence of a “selfish” competition between sex chromosomes.  

November 18, 2020

A research tool of a different color

Whitehead Institute Member David Sabatini’s latest in a series of tools to isolate and analyze the contents of specific organelles helps researchers study melanosomes, the structures inside of cells responsible for skin color.

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November 12, 2020

Regulating the regulators

Tiny microRNAs help destroy unwanted messenger RNAs in cells. Here’s how the body keeps them in check.

October 30, 2020

Whitehead Institute Mourns the Death of Angelika Amon

Angelika Amon, one of the world’s most respected biomedical researchers and a colleague and mentor to many Whitehead Institute investigators and trainees, died Oct. 29. 

Announcements


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November 30, 2020
New Whitehead Fellow seeks to harness the immune system to fight pancreatic cancer
Tobiloba Oni—a cell biologist whose graduate research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory helped open new paths for understanding, detecting, and potentially treating pancreatic cancer—has been appointed as a Whitehead Fellow.


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November 16, 2020

WHITEHEAD ALUMNUS WALTER CHEN MADE STAT WUNDERKIND

Walter Chen, former Whitehead Institute graduate student with Member David Sabatini, now in training to become a physician-scientist, has been announced as a 2020 STAT Wunderkind. 


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OCTOBER 9, 2020

WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE ADDS ONCOLOGIST/FORMER ASTRONAUT AND HEAD OF MIT’S INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Whitehead Institute Board of Directors has elected two new, accomplished members for six-year terms: Robert L. Satcher, a surgeon and researcher who journeyed to the International Space Station on space shuttle Atlantis; and Seth Alexander, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Investment Management Company.


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SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

TWO WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE SCIENTISTS RECEIVE AWARDS FROM THE VILCEK FOUNDATION

Institute Director Ruth Lehmann was awarded the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science, and Fellow Silvi Rouskin received the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. View all winners, or read profiles of Lehmann and Rouskin


August 28, 2020

Open positions at Whitehead INstitute and MIT Biology

Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology at M.I.T. are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions in infectious disease and fundamental biology at the Assistant Professor level. Completed applications will begin to be considered on October 10, 2020. 


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July 13, 2020

New Whitehead Institute Director Ruth Lehmann featured in the Boston Globe

Lehmann talks to Globe reporter Jonathan Saltzman about immigration policy, America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of biomedical research in these uncertain times. (Photo: Lane Turner, Boston Globe Staff)


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July 13, 2020

ANKUR JAIN AND PULIN LI APPOINTED TO PRESTIGIOUS CHAIRS

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) provost Martin A. Schmidt has announced that two Whitehead Institute Members -- Ankur Jain and Pulin Li -- have been appointed to MIT career development professorships. 


June 26, 2020

TWO WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE MEMBERS NAMED TO ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIPS

Mary Gehring and Iain Cheeseman are recipients of named chairs. 

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